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My dad can make your dad tap out – {Newborn Photographer}

Clarissa took care of Hugo when I had to go back to work after he was born.  No one prepares you for how it feels to have to trust someone else with the thing you love the most in life.  No one warns you how much it hurts or how humbling it is to have to trust that he will be fine without you and the guilt that comes along with leaving your newborn with someone else.  Clarissa, she was always on the level with me, she helped me more than she will ever know.  She soothed and held him when I couldn’t and she helped me get through one of the hardest years of my life.  She recently hired me to capture her newborn and how her family looks right now.  I was not only honored but so genuinely happy for her.  She found her tribe.  To me this was one small way that I could actually give her something back that touches her heart especially after all the crafts and pics that she gave me during Hugo’s first years.   Here’s some of the pics I got.

 

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Am I in the right place? – {Family Milestone Session}

Soooo this session went something like this:

Susan: “Genevieve, this is Susan.  I think I’m in the wrong place”.  “It’s PACKED here and we don’t see this ‘little house’ you speak of.

Me: “It’s PACKED”? (Silently panicking inside) .  “Do you see the red barn?”

Susan: Do you guys see a red barn?

Me: Still silently panicking.

Susan: giggling.  ‘you guys’

(Loud laughter, a car FULL of laughter)

What I loved the most about that whole conversation is that I never once heard anyone complain.  There was no one talking back or sighing or stressing out.  Everyone was giggling like they were on a little adventure.  We found each other shortly after that and the place was as lovely as I hoped for.  We quietly walked around while mom and dad shared some memories of their family growing up.  I was just in quiet awe of what a great little family these 2 had created for themselves.  You could just tell they all loved each other and that the bond between them is rock solid.

Susan an her husband have one daughter going off to college in another state and another one a little closer but leaving again for his second year.  Their third son is still at home but I’m sure he’ll be off to do amazing things soon too.  They hired me to catch this moment in their lives. The milestone of their middle child living off to college.  I don’t know what that feels like but I can imagine that it’s 2 parts pride, 2 parts fear and 5 parts anxiety. I’m super honored that I could capture this time for them because I know, It will never look like this again.  Here’s a sneak peek:

 

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{ Nikki’s World } – Family photographer

I’m not even sure how to explain how awesome Nikki is… but you know I’m gonna try.  This is her and sweet , sweet , gentleman of a Husband Jay. They clearly belong together.

Family Photography session in Sterling Heights Michigan. Taken by professional family photographer Genevieve DeVries Photography

Within minutes of meeting Nikki you will feel at ease, she has this way about her that makes you feel calm.  But I promise you that within 5 minutes… You will be giggling.

Family Photography session in Sterling Heights Michigan. Taken by best professional family photographer Genevieve DeVries Photography

For as long as I’ve known Nikki though, her top priority has always been her daughter.  Her love, commitment and strength that she channels for her daughter is the thing I admire about her the most.

 

 

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If you know me, you know I love a strong a woman and her ability to fight for whats hers, to know her worth.  This is Nikki’s tribe and its an awesome one

 

Family Photography session in Sterling Heights Michigan. Taken by professional family photographer Genevieve DeVries Photography

 

 

{ Me and my babes } – Family photographer

All things come to those who wait, that’s what everyone’s mama’s used to say.  In this case it’s true.  We had an awful thunderstorm to get over but once we did, this happened.

Jennifer and her sweet family during a photography session in Bloomfield hills MI

 

The little showed up sleepy eyed and looking cute as ever with that hat, he was full of energy and super fun to photograph.

 

And then there is his sister, as sweet, pretty and polite as can be. Her hair was curled perfect and she was just game for anything.

professional family photography session in west Bloomfield hills MI

 

There’s nothing better than a relationship with siblings, I mean seriously, look at these two.

These two cuties are the lucky munchkins of Jennifer So.  She is as put together and perfect as they come. Beautiful, smart and makes it all look so easy.  I met her during the contest for the best Detroit spring photographer.   She runs the Troy and Birmingham Macaroni kid blog… like I said, she’s is on top of her game with 2 beautiful kids who clearly LOVE her.

 


Note to self… I need to step it up

{Family Portraits} – What to wear

{Individuals}-  More than anything else, I recommend wearing something that you are confident in, something you know you look good in.  I recommend wearing something more bold and colorful with a lot of texture to show off personality.  I love the look of layers, accessories and complimentary colors.   If you’re not sure about layers and accessories, just bring them with you in a bag to your session and I’ll help you decide.   Staying away from specific colors is important too.  Stay away from really bright (muted or in a pattern is fine) Orange, yellow & neon colors.  Make sure that everything you put on is ironed and don’t forget the shoes, wear a nice pair that you love.

{Individual Children} –  This is an opportunity for your child to shine! I recommend bare feet for indoors and boots, shoes or sandals that compliment their outfit for outside. I recommend clothing that has texture, such as knitting, embroidery, dark faded denim, buttons, and ruffles. It’s hard for kidos to look bad so they can get away with a lot.   A cute hat can go a long way on  little boy and a pretty patterned dress with a stylish jacket can add a lot of visual interest.  If you need advice, text me a a few pics with your outfit options and I’ll help you decide.

{Siblings} –  It can be difficult to coordinate colors and not look too matchy. I recommend picking a few colors, but try not to put them in the same exact clothing. The more layers, textures and colors, the better. Pick colors that compliment each other and then go with different shades of that. I recommend bright or deep colors (jewel tones like mustard yellow, deep purple, turquoise, dark pink, etc.) or muted colors like gray with blues and greens.  Stay away from all white or everyone wearing the same exact colors.

{Families} –  Choose a style and a few colors that you love and set that as the base theme. I recommend having the parents dress fashionable, yet simple and focus more of the funky, unique style on the kids. If you have 5 people all dressing with a lot of layers and accessories it can be too much so make sure you don’t overdo it.  Dark jeans that have a grit to them is always a great choice for the parents or especially the husband. If you are going to wear a print, stay away from small prints and not a lot of visual interest (think bold!). Continue to think about texture and color. You may think that certain colors don’t go together, but again think out of the box and have fun!

I do recommend investing in a new outfit for the session since it does make a huge difference in the final product. Search out local or online boutiques for outfits with style that stay true to who you and your family are.  When in doubt, ask the photographer, that’s what they’re there for and don’t forget to enjoy the process.

{ The McGrath Family } – Family lifestyle photographer

Home is where I want to be
Pick me up and turn me around
I feel numb, born with a weak heart
I guess I must be having fun
Family photography session in Plymouth
Michigan. Taken by professional photographer Genevieve Devries.
 And you’re standing here beside me
I love the passing of time
Never for money, always for love
Family photography session in Plymouth
Michigan. Taken by best Michigan professional PHOTOGRAPHER Genevieve Devries.
Oh! I got plenty of time
Oh! You got light in your eyes

Family photography session in Plymouth
Michigan. Taken by professional photographer Genevieve Devries.
Home, is where I want to be
But I guess I’m already there
I come home, she lifted up her wings
I guess that this must be the place

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Family photography session in Plymouth
Michigan. Taken by professional photographer Genevieve DevriesAnn Arbor Michigan Photographer, Best Senior picture photographer Plymouth MI, Genevieve Devries Photography,  Metro Detroit Family Portrait Photography, Metro Detroit Lifestyle Photography, Southeast Michigan Photographer, West Bloomfield Professional Photographer, BEST PHOTOGRAPHER, MICHIGAN, PLYMOUTH, DETROIT, SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHER

{All The Miracles} – Family Photography, Farmington Hills Michigan

You always hear that children are miracles. “Meet our new little miracle’ or “she’s such a little miracle”.  But nothing can make you realize the meaning of that word like having a child.   Because you soon realize that it’s more than just Devine intervention. It’s more than a religious act.   You realize that the miracles present themselves more often than ever before and if your eyes are open they will fill your heart.  Miracles are in the actual birth of your children , no doubt but it stays in their eyes and their sweet little smiles.

brothers and sisters
Family Photography – Portrait

Miracles are in making it to through those milestones in one piece.  It’s in the moments you feel like you’re crushing this parent thing because there are so many moments when you’re sure  you failed.

Bros
Family lifestyle Photography session in Farmington Hills , MI . 

It’s in the moments when you’re in your kitchen and your husband gives you an amazing hug, the ones where he doesn’t let go and you both listen to your kiddos doing something that just FILLS YOUR SOUL.  It’s in those days you realize that you’re winning at this little life you’ve built for yourself.

Daddy and me
Toddler portraits 

 

It’s in the intimate moments your family shares, the sweet little secrets that are meant for your ears alone.

Mamas got secrets
Family lifestyle photography .

 

The miracles are in getting to share all of this with your partner, your only partner in the whole wide world knowing there’s no one else you could grow like this with. It’s in going through all those heart wrenching difficult times that make you question everything and those oh so sweet times that seem to go right into the depths of your soul and make you love each other in a way you never thought possible.

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The miracles are in the brotherly hugs, the songs they learn how to play, it’s in the love you how them and the room you give them to let their personalities come through. It’s in those moments when you look at each an know everything & everyone is just as it should be. So why not let them eat cake! Just make sure you’re catching the moments 🙂

My Cake
Cake Smash Photography session in Farmington Hills, MI . Taken by family photographer, Genevieve DeVries.

Family Lifestyle Photography Session – {The Yarrington Family}

 

I have to say that I love a good family lifestyle photography session.  I think it’s such an honor when a family lets you into their home to take pictures.  It’s an honor because shortly thereafter they might let you into their life just as it is when no one else is around and that is when you get to see all the real Joy that fills their rooms.   I had the pleasure of meeting this new family, they trusted me to come into their home in Plymouth and get some lovely pictures of their family.  Check out that little hungry caterpillar, I imagine he’s been a butterfly from day 1.

 

Everyone is more comfortable in their own home and it’s a prove

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The Lorensens – Family Photographer Plymouth Michigan

 

You know how sometimes you meet people who just speak to your soul? People who you just love right away?  That’s Chris and Kara, I’m pretty sure that everyone thinks they are the coolest people around. I had the pleasure of taking their family pictures again this year, below are a few snaps of our fun morning which oh, by the way started with a greeting equipped with made to order espresso served in an old school peanuts coffee mug…. I win!

 

those pumpkins
Family Photography session in Plymouth, MI . Taken by professional family photographer, Genevieve DeVries.

 

Dreaming with mom
Day dreaming with mom, there must be nothing better than day dreaming while snuggling with the ones you love.

 

Charlie runs for his life
This is Charlie whotakes that blanket, his favorite blanket everywhere.

 

Dragons Love Tacos
If you don’t know, now you know. Dragons love tacos.

Family Love – Northville , MI Photographer

One thing I love about being a family photographer is watching everyone sit still….. Just for a moment they will stop, they will get close, they will hug and smile and love on each other until I say ‘GOOD’.  It feels like a superpower, like a gift (more TO me than from me) that people will stop for me and let me look at how heartwarming they are.  In a world of busy families and fast times, they trust me enough to stop , smile and let me capture this moment when everyone was beautiful, happy to be sitting close to each other and just . sitting. still.  Below are a few snaps of a women (and her amazing fam) who’s taught me more about following my dreams, being my best self and leading forward with my heart and soul than I ever expected.  Her parents are a breath of fresh air.. enjoy

When no one’s in a hurry there’ll be days like this

Portrait family photographer, Northville Michigan

When you don’t need to worry there’ll be days like this

Portrait family photographer, Northville Michigan
Family Photography session in Northville, MI . Taken by professional family photographer, Genevieve DeVries.

When everything falls into place like the flick of a switch

Portrait family photographer, Northville Michigan

 

When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this

Portrait family photographer, Northville Michigan
Family Photography session in Northville, MI . Taken by professional family photographer, Genevieve DeVries.

 

Well my mama told me there’ll be days like this

Portrait family photographer, Northville Michigan

 

Then I must remember there’ll be days like this

Portrait family photographer, Northville Michigan
Family Photography session in Northville, MI . Taken by professional family photographer, Genevieve DeVries.
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